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LAA@SEA: Skaggs fans eight over seven frames

After being stuck on the shelf with an injury for nearly a month, Tyler Skaggs is clear to join the Angels rotation.

Skaggs, who hit the disabled list back on June 10 with a strained right hamstring, will be called up ahead of Wednesday's series finale with the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Coming in at 4-4 with a 4.34 ERA in 12 starts, the young southpaw's return likely pushes either Matt Shoemaker or Hector Santiago out of the rotation.

"Tyler's got just a great arm," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think we've mixed and matched. A lot of the guys who have filled in are pitching well, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago. But Tyler's a guy that we're going to give the ball to to see if he can't do some of the things he showed he can do when he was in the rotation the first time."

Skaggs threw one rehab outing with Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up seven runs (two earned) while walking five batters in three innings. He also threw a 45-pitch bullpen session at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday.

"I was hoping not to walk as many people as I did," Skaggs said, "but I still felt like I threw all my pitches and went out there and worked on what I needed to work on. I threw a lot of pitches in the first inning, which you could also attribute to being wild."

The start will mark the first of Skaggs' career against the White Sox, whose lineup features a dangerous slugger in Jose Abreu (26 homers) along with talented hitters Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez. However, the team has also put up a .239/.295/.380 line against left-handers this season.

The South Siders will answer with a lefty of their own in the seasoned John Danks (7-6, 4.26), who turned in six solid innings of two-run baseball against the Blue Jays in his last time on the mound.

Danks has been impressive as of late, posting a 2.70 ERA over his last six outings -- a number inflated by a poor six-run, five-inning affair against the Astros on June 22. He is 3-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 career starts against the Angels.

Angels: Highway blues
As the All-Star break nears, the Angels are still trying to find consistency on the road.

A doubleheader sweep on Tuesday improved the club's record to 6-11 in its last 17 road games, compared with a 12-1 mark in their last 13 home games. Most of the recent issues can be attributed to the pitching staff, which has produced a middling 4.06 ERA away from home this season.

Scioscia isn't overly concerned about the trend, rather seeing it as part of the inevitable up-and-down of a long season.

"Early in the year, I was getting questions about what's happening at home," Scioscia said. "I don't think there's much to read into that. It's not who you're playing or where you're playing, but how we're playing. And at times, we just haven't gotten into sync with some games that have been on the road."

White Sox: All-Star aspirations for Sale
Southpaw Chris Sale lost over a month of his season to a strained flexor muscle in his pitching arm, but the setback has done nothing to keep him from crafting another remarkable season.

Through 12 starts, Sale is 7-1 with a 2.30 ERA, averaging 9.65 strikeouts per nine innings and just 1.84 walks per nine innings. Even with the missed time, White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks those are still numbers worthy of an All-Star Game selection -- either by his peers or American League manager John Farrell.

"He has proven. He has done it over, not this just year but the last couple of years," Ventura said. "That stuff to me, you are looking at a guy that's at the top of his game."

Worth noting
• Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the only Major Leaguer with five triples, 15-plus doubles and 15-plus home runs this season.

• The White Sox are just 3-11 against AL West teams, including a three-game sweep by the Angels in Anaheim from June 6-8. Comments